Kasa devices and Home Assistant - Integration now broken due to firmware update

Re:Kasa devices and Home Assistant - Integration now broken due to firmware update
2021-03-01 16:44:11

No kidding, what a horrible attitude.

So they discovered they screwed up on their cloud API: "planning to push more secure cloud API"?  That's really, really scarey - a hacker is going to get in that way, they're not going to bother breaking one person's home wifi to gain control the devices locally.  We are all at a terrible risk if they have failed to protect that API properly for so many years.  Once into TP Link's cloud API a hacker will have a much easier time breaking back into many, many customer local lans, and it won't be to play with the lights.  Not to mention TP Link has our email address, geographic location, wifi SSID, and wifi password already saved there in the cloud - if they can't protect their API, why should we believe they can protect our data?

And now, 'cause they screwed up there, they're going to close off the local API?  Despite that we've been keeping ourselves completely safe from their blunder by blocking our devices from the internet and their cloud by using 3rd party apps?

If they were responsible and intelligent they would publish the local API, not block it.

The instant they push this new firmware is the instant I drop all support for TP Link.  Don't bother "thanking me for my continued support".

 

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Re:Kasa devices and Home Assistant - Integration now broken due to firmware update
2021-03-02 03:22:39

@TP_LINK 

 

Is it safe to update US and Canadian models?  Is there any plan to disable local control in these markets?

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Re:Kasa devices and Home Assistant - Integration now broken due to firmware update
2021-03-12 11:07:48

the link (https://community.tp-link.com/en/smart-home/forum/topic/239408?page=1) implies the deadline for requesting a beta has passed.  I've only just found out that I need to apply this to my two HS100 plugs.

 

Does anyone know whether I can still get this release or whther there is an alternative solution (short of replacing the plugs) for Home Assistant?

 

TIA

 

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Re:Kasa devices and Home Assistant - Integration now broken due to firmware update
2021-04-07 18:07:40

@WirelessForEver 

 

Does anyone know if this policy is coming to US/North American devices? I'm looking to reccomend some more to family members in North America for use with Home Assistant and dont want to suggest Kasa smart plugs if they are just going to get the same eventual firmware update breaking local control.

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Re:Kasa devices and Home Assistant - Integration now broken due to firmware update
3 weeks ago - last edited 3 weeks ago

@WirelessForEver unless tp-link makes a very clear statement committing to allow "cloudless" local control of the Kasa devices by third-party apps -- i.e., they won't kill that functionality with future firmware updates as they have in the UK -- then I'd recommend going with a competitor's product. The Belkin Wemo stuff looks like a very good alternative. It's more expensive, but it works cloudless, and because it supports HomeKit it will likely always allow local control.

 

I hope tp-link is monitoring these forums. You folks are about to lose a ton of business from forcing people to use your cloud API.

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Re:Kasa devices and Home Assistant - Integration now broken due to firmware update
3 weeks ago - last edited 3 weeks ago

@jlg89tx 

 

I really want to recommend TP-Link for a family member and a friend doing a new house builds (and do the majority of the switches / plugs TP-Link) but i'm really hesitant now without local control.  They'd be using Home Assistant to control everything so local control is a must.


 

I agree with you that my original WeMo's have been solid and they kept their local control even when they had security issues.

I'd be really happy with some of the original solutions I posted.

Vizio recently added a simple paring code method to control their devices over local control (e.g. controlling my TV and sound bar from Home Assistant).

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